As I wrote in my earlier post, 3 Tips for Surviving Pregnancy Bed Rest, during my second pregnancy I was hospitalized and then put on bed rest at 31 weeks due to preterm labor symptoms. All in all, I was on strict home bed rest (where you are only supposed to get out of bed in order use the restroom and take a brief shower) for 6 weeks.
I was very lucky because my pregnancy made it to full-term with no complications for me or my baby (in fact, I ended up being induced at nearly 40 weeks!), but that doesn’t mean that it was easy to lay in bed day in and day out, unable to make my own food or pick up my 3-year-old.
To many people who you tell that you are on bed rest, it sounds like a mini vacation at home – you lay around, watch tv, read books, have your meals brought to you – and when you gloss over it, bed rest sounds like a piece of cake! The reality, though, is much different…
In order to maintain some of my sense of self and independence (I was quoted many times during emotional breakdowns saying “I just don’t feel like a real person…”), I quickly figured out the things I needed to have at arm’s length. This is where Amazon Prime became my very best friend!
The following list contains all of the things I found helpful during my 6 weeks of bed rest:
Diaper Caddy– At first, I was trying to balance a bunch of things on my bedside table, and that just ended up irritating me because I was constantly knocking things over and dropping them on the ground. When I bought the little number below, it all changed – the large sections in the middle held my meds, little pencil holder, lotion, and other larger items, while the little pockets around the outside were perfect for chapstick, hair ties, tv remotes, and other smaller items. When I was finally able to start moving around again, I set it up to be the diaper changing station in our room for as long as the baby slept with us.
Rolling Over-Bed Table– When I was first on bed rest, my husband picked up a regular bed tray (like you would use for breakfast in bed) and it was great for meals and when I was doing things that required a flat surface in front of me. I quickly found, however, that every time I had to go to the restroom (which was often, as I was pregnant…), or my son came bounding onto the bed to sit next to me, I needed help moving the tray out of the way so that I didn’t move around too much detail cause contractions. My mom picked up rolling over-bed table for me and it was a game-changer!! Plus, since all of our family meals were now eaten on our bed, my husband was able to use the other tray when he sat next to me to eat. 🙂 (below is a good one)
Pens/Pencils & Notebook
Personal grooming & hygiene…
Hand Wipes/Baby Wipes
Tissues – I had random fits of crying… Yay hormones.
Hair Ties/Bobby Pins
Snack Bars, etc.
If you have older kids…
Hand wipes/baby wipes
Thank You Notes
Apple TV/Amazon Fire/other streaming device
Other helpful items…
The Cutest Onesie You Can Find– Hang it up where you can see it, and when it gets rough (which it will), you’ll have a visual reminder of why you are doing this.
My bed rest story had a very happy ending, but it got pretty dicey for a minute there in the very beginning, and I hope that this helps someone else out there channel their fear and know that they can weather pregnancy bed rest.
If you or someone you know is on pregnancy bed rest, please pass this post along with my warmest and most positive thoughts. If you’ve been on bed rest and have tips to add, please comment below!